NSCD No Barriers Summit brings 600 people to Winter Park
From June 30 – July 3, at the National Sports Center for the Disabled and the No Barriers Summit will bring together nearly 600 people – most living with disabilities – for adaptive outdoor sports clinics, presentations of cutting-edge assistive technologies, and arts and entertainers headlined by comedian Josh Blue. This is an event chock-full of inspiration and great photo opps (e.g., bilateral below-the-knee amputees rock climbing; a guitarist without arms who plays with his feet).
Comedian Josh Blue will be keynote presenter at the June 30 opening ceremony. A fast-rising star, best known as a favorite on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” he’s not only a diverse and hilarious stand-up comedian, but he represents the No Barriers spirit, refusing to bow to Cerebral Palsy.
Guitarist Mark Goffeney, known as Big Toe because he was born without arms, is also performing at the opening ceremonyMark is a distinguished musician who tours the world, playing guitar with his toes.
Musician and rapper Kalyn Heffernan, in a wheelchair due to osteogenesis imperfecta, will be performing with her band Wheelchair Sports Camp on the evenings of Friday, July 1, and Saturday, July 2. The group is fresh from the SXSW Music Festival, and will be featured in the August issue of SPIN.
Emmy Award-winning director Michael Brown will present his work and discuss his upcoming film, Soldiers to the Summit. The film follows 11 wounded warriors to the 20,000-foot peak of Lobuche, led by blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer and guide Jeff Evans. Several of the wounded veterans from the film will be able to attend along with Brown, Weihenmayer, and Evans.
Jordan Romero, youngest person to summit Everest (age 13 then – now 14) will receive the No Barriers James O. Goldsmith Award on Saturday, July 2. He will give a presentation about his global adventures and his quest to climb the 7 Summits. He will also lead a hiking clinic with No Barriers Board Chair Erik Weihenmayer, only blind person to summit Mt. Everest.
* Brad Zdanivsky, quadriplegic rock climber, will present a special adaptation which he used to climb the Chief, a 2,000 foot vertical face in British Colombia.
* An Adaptive Skateboarding clinic will be led by below-the-knee amputee and X-Games competitor Evan Strong.
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West Grand seniors Rene Dominguez, right, and Angel Dominguez pass the baton during one of the nighttime relays at the 2021 Joe Shields Invitational at WGHS.